Why do dual magazine holders take up so much real estate?

Why do dual magazine holders take up so much real estate?

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    Why do dual magazine holders take up so much real estate?

    I've been looking at dual magazine holders lately and all of them appear to take up much more space on the belt than I would like. It appears more practical to me to just use two individual magazine carriers. Is it my imagination, or is there a better solution?
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    Maybe you are looking at the wrong one?

    I use Bladetech, Blackhawk and Fobus double mag pouches and none of them take up any more space than the two mags.
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    I haven't noticed them taking up a ton of space, but there is some distance between the magazines....presumably so you can grab them individually easier.

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    I use Simply Rugged's doubles and they, in .45, fit nicely between jeans belt loops...I have two singles which have kinda like wings on them to stabilize, made of kydex...now THEY are too wide.
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    If you are going with singles I recommend Kytex gear. Super slim design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    I've been looking at dual magazine holders lately and all of them appear to take up much more space on the belt than I would like. It appears more practical to me to just use two individual magazine carriers. Is it my imagination, or is there a better solution?
    You need the extra space to get a decent grip on the 1st mag while doing a reload........2nd mag, not an issue.
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    Pocket carry has always been an easier, preferable method for me when it comes to spare mags.
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    Bianci and Safariland make slimline models that turn the mags face out instead of flat to your hip, they range from 2 to5 mags
    https://www.galls.com/brands/bianchi
    https://www.galls.com/safariland-sli...002131&PMSRCH=
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    Here's what I use. Doesn't take up much more space than just the mags.

    DeSantis 4006948 Single Stack Double Magazine Pouch for 9mm/40 Cal https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0048KMKCO..._kge3Cb8G65EKB
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    From a makers perspective, it's harder to wrap material around 2 mags than one. It's the material in the middle that causes some issue and how to attach it to the back. For leather I've started using one stitch line in the middle instead of one for each mag to shorten it some. Then the attachment points make a difference. Fore and aft on leather just add space too. But loops on the back may not be as stable.

    I do a clip on single mag holder with a clip on the back. I could probably carry 3 of those and be the same size as a double pancake. So some of it is style and some of it is material that limits what can be done. Then customer wants can drive the market too. My single clip on is not as popular as my single pancake. Go figure. I've even mentioned carrying two singles to folks worried about space, they usually just buy a double instead. Again, go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novarider View Post
    Here's what I use. Doesn't take up much more space than just the mags.

    DeSantis 4006948 Single Stack Double Magazine Pouch for 9mm/40 Cal https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0048KMKCO..._kge3Cb8G65EKB
    I use these also. And a similar version from Bianchi. Like @Chuck R. said, you want some room to make a quick change!
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    I've been looking at dual magazine holders lately and all of them appear to take up much more space on the belt than I would like. It appears more practical to me to just use two individual magazine carriers. Is it my imagination, or is there a better solution?
    I use 2 individual carrier for IWB and OWB. I can space them as I see fit for comfort and I can just use one if a second seems unnecessary.
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    Big, flat things do not fit me, very well, unless worn forward of the hips, which is not concealable, or, centered behind my back, which is not very accessible, not very comfortable, and probably not very healthy. For concealed carry, I use single mag pouches.

    Another factor is that I want concealed spare mags to be accessible to each hand. My “primary” weapon hand remains my right hand, as my default carry position is the right hip area, but my right thumb/wrist/shoulder are not what they used to be, so I am probably going to transition the handgun to my left hand, if I have to hold it for more than a very brief period*. This means that my right hand may well be the one reaching for a spare mag.

    Moreover, if toting Glock mags, which are not only double-column, but thick-walled, a double mag pouch, with mags in it, makes it look like I am shoplifting a box of Wheaties, or something like that. If concealed means concealed, that includes the spare magazines.

    *This is especially true when carrying a Glock; Glocks are my “lefty” weapons.
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    Is this a topological problem or some kind of geometry exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doghandler View Post
    Is this a topological problem or some kind of geometry exercise.
    It's a space issue.
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